Xavier (17-3, 5-2) at Seton Hall (15-4, 5-2)
When: Saturday, January 20th 2018
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Time: 2:30 ET | TV: FOX
Opening Odds: Seton Hall -2.5/160
If the Xavier Musketeers want to compete for the Big East title, they’ll have to learn how to win on the road in conference play. Xavier will try and snap a two-game road losing streak when they visit the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday afternoon. Both teams are 5-2 in the conference – a half-game behind Villanova. Desi Rodriguez played only six minutes in the loss to Creighton on Wednesday – the fewest in his career – but has a history of playing well against the Musketeers. By scoring only four points, Rodriguez saw his streak of 16 straight games in double figures snapped, but has averaged 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in six career meetings versus Xavier. Kerem Kanter continued his solid play with his fourth straight double-figure game and third double-double of the season as the Musketeers got by St. John’s Wednesday at home. Since producing zero points in eight minutes January 2nd against Butler, Kanter has averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds for coach Chris Mack. The Pirates lead the series 10-6 and have won all six meetings in Newark.
With the win over St. John’s, Mack became Xavier’s all-time leader in coaching wins (203), passing Pete Gillen, who won 202 games from 1985-1994. Freshman guard Naji Marshall has begun to provide some consistent play of late as his minutes have increased and enjoyed his first back-to-back games in double figures for the Musketeers before settling for five points, four rebounds and four assists in the win over St. John’s. Senior Trevon Bluiett is 28 points shy of joining Byron Larkin, David West, Romain Sato and Tyrone Hill as the only Xavier players to score 2,000 career points.
Rodriguez wasn’t the only player to struggle against Creighton, who put the game away early with a 20-4 run. Seniors Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington, two players who scored 85 points last season in two games against Creighton, combined for as many turnovers (eight) as points, leaving Myles Powell and Ismael Sanogo to lead the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds, respectively. Freshman Myles Cale logged a career-high 25 minutes in place of benched Rodriguez and scored nine points for the Pirates, who have won 13 straight games at home.
Xavier is probably a little better equipped to make a run in the tournament, but Seton Hall is not far behind. Xavier has not only lost all six games in Newark, they have failed to cover the spread in all of them. I’ll take the home team here.
Pick: Seton Hall -1.5
- Musketeers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- Musketeers are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Musketeers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- Musketeers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
- Musketeers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Musketeers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Musketeers are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up win.
- Pirates are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss.
- Pirates are 23-10 ATS in their last 33 games following a ATS loss.
- Pirates are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Pirates are 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 Saturday games.
- Under is 4-0 in Musketeers last 4 Saturday games.
- Under is 8-3 in Musketeers last 11 vs. Big East.
- Under is 5-2 in Musketeers last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- Over is 11-5 in Musketeers last 16 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 overall.
- Under is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 4-1 in Pirates last 5 vs. Big East.
- Under is 6-2 in Pirates last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Musketeers are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Musketeers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Seton Hall.